Boys basketball: Birdville bounces Broncos

SOUTHLAKE — With Denton specializing in its own brand of high-strung and aggressive trapping defense, the Broncos came into Wednesday’s Class 5A area-round playoff game hoping to tire out Birdville and keep its shooters from catching fire. The Broncos limited the Hawks in stretches, but ultimately Birdville’s shooters earned enough open looks and knocked down enough contested shots to do critical damage as they defeated Denton 74-58.

Basketball: Weather could ice playoff games

The icy weather that moved into the area and forced schools to close Monday has basketball coaches looking at contingency plans should conditions worsen to the point where today’s playoff games are postponed.

Basketball: High school playoffs continue this week

The boys basketball playoffs are set to begin this week for six Denton-area teams while the Argyle and Sanger girls remain alive and venture into third-round action.

Softball: Denton fielding band of sisters

As the Denton softball team starts its season today in the Argyle tournament, it enters competition as a band of sisters, fighting one battle at a time.

Boys basketball: Broncos secure playoff berth

FORT WORTH — When Saginaw Chisholm Trail and Denton clashed Jan. 20, the Broncos won a tightly contested overtime game with senior Key’andre Hearvey hitting a driving layup in the final seconds to secure a 65-64 home victory.

Boy's soccer: Broncos stomp top-tier Azle

The night before Tuesday’s heavyweight fight between the top two teams in District 5-5A, Denton coach Ryan Dunlevy didn’t downplay the significance of the opportunity the Broncos’ had on their plates.

Denton alumni game slated for Saturday

The third annual Denton Bronco alumni baseball game is scheduled for noon Saturday at Bronco Field, pitting the current Bronco team against a team of former DHS players.

Swimming: Ryan’s Pyrch headed to state

Ryan’s Austin Pyrch is headed to Austin and the UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships after his performance Saturday at the Class 6A Region 2 meet in Lewisville.

Basketball: Broncos hold off Signaw

If one was to ask Denton coach Harold Jackson about the Broncos’ final defensive play in the closing seconds of Friday’s crucial District 5-5A matchup against Saginaw, he would rather have not had it happen.

Boy's soccer: Broncos blank Bears to extend streak of district shutouts

Three games into District 5-5A play, the Denton Broncos are doing their best impression of a chameleon, using different looks to disguise themselves and their attacks.


Basketball: Foiled by fouls

With district-leading Wichita Falls Rider heading into Friday’s matchup with an unblemished district record at 8-0, the Denton Broncos knew they had a tough task at hand.

Girls soccer: Denton juniors experience first district win

Opening their District 5-5A schedule against Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Tuesday at Bronco Field, Denton set out to achieve a goal its juniors had long sought — winning a district game.

Swimming: Denton schools lead swim meets

The Denton Broncos swim team, led by a pair of freshmen, Janna Herron and Seth Hermann, grabbed second place finishes in the boys and girls divisions at the District 6-5A Swim and Dive Championships in Grapevine on Saturday and will have contestants in 19 events to the UIL Class 5A regionals in two weeks in Mansfield.

Girls soccer: Defense rules for Denton, Lake Dallas

In each team’s final test before district play, Denton and Lake Dallas played to a scoreless tie Friday at Bronco Field. After shutting out Decatur 10-0 on Jan. 13, Denton senior goalkeeper Peyton Lenaburg...

Soccer: Broncos, Northside play to draw

FORT WORTH — Denton (6-1-1) and Fort Worth Northside squared off for 90 minutes Friday and ended in a 1-all draw.


Basketball: Double overtime

In a teeter-totter District 5-5A matchup between Denton and Saginaw Chisholm Trail, the Broncos were led by 33 points from Emerson Espinoza, but it was crucial plays by Key’andre Hearvey and Edson Vasquez at the end of regulation and in overtime that helped Denton escape with a 65-64 victory Tuesday.

Boys soccer: Broncos blank Palo Duro

In their final game of the Iron Bridge Classic against Amarillo Palo Duro, the Denton Broncos wanted to get their offensive game in order after scoring two goals through their first two games of the tournament.

Basketball: Espinoza scores 27 as Broncos cruise

After Denton edged Saginaw on the road Tuesday, coach Harold Jackson wanted to save the Broncos’ energy for Friday’s District 5-5A matchup against Wichita Falls. He held a light practice Wednesday to let his players rest their legs and focus on shooting. That extra energy and attention to shooting were on display in the third quarter as the Broncos outscored the Coyotes 19-9 en route to a 69-47 win, with Emerson Espinoza leading the way with 27 points to push Denton’s district record to 3-2.

Swimming: Guyer sweeps DISD meet team titles

The Guyer, Ryan and Denton swim teams got their final tuneup before next week’s district meets Thursday night at the Denton ISD Championships, and the Guyer Wildcats swept the boys and girls team titles.

Boys soccer: Denton only area team to prevail

Denton’s boys soccer team defeated Prosper 1-0 on Friday on the second day of the Iron Bridge Classic in Denton.

Boys soccer: All three DISD teams to take on Iron Bridge

The Iron Bridge Classic boys soccer tournament has gone through several changes since it was started by Guyer coach Cody Schroeder in the 2007 season. When the ninth annual event kicks off today, it will see perhaps the biggest change yet in a big development for the Denton school district, as it will feature all three DISD high schools for the first time.

Girls soccer: Denton destroys Decatur

After going 4-0 in last week’s Azle tournament triumph while avenging last season’s loss to Azle in the tourney final, the Denton Lady Broncos showed Tuesday that they are ready to make some noise this season, smothering visiting Decatur right out of the gate for a 10-0 victory.

Basketball: Broncos beat 5-5A foe Azle

Denton’s Key’andre Hearvey has been taking his time getting back into basketball shape after he hurt his knee in November while with the football team. On Friday against Azle, after the Broncos’ lackluster loss against Wichita Falls Rider on Tuesday, Hearvey showed a return to form with a game-high 16 points as Denton got its first District 5-5A win in a 71-38 decision.

Soccer roundup: Denton boys blank two foes

AZLE — Six players scored for Argyle as the Lady Eagles topped Lancaster in the Azle tournament.

Boys basketball: Bears bewilder Broncos

Denton coach Harold Jackson saw two teams playing outside of themselves Friday, but it was the Broncos who got Fort Worth Brewer’s best shot while struggling from the get-go in a 74-54 loss to open District 5-5A play.

Girls basketball: Denton rips Brewer

Freshman forward Jamie Means’ recent improvement was on display Friday in Denton’s 55-32 win over Fort Worth Brewer en route to a game-high 17 points, but Denton coach Erin Taylor credited fellow forward Ginger Krahl with refining Means’ game in practice.

Football: All-district lists full of area talent

Several Denton-area football players were honored by their respective districts’ coaches for their performance in the district portions of their seasons.

Boys basketball: Visiting Broncos hold off Falcons

CORINTH — Holding a 32-19 lead at halftime, Denton seemed as if it had figured out the Lake Dallas Falcons, who couldn’t contain the Broncos’ fast-paced transition game.

Girls basketball: Denton falls by three despite Simmons’ 17 points

Jada Catlin’s baseline jumper for Denton with 40 seconds left Friday evened the score at 50 in a topsy-turvy District 5-5A contest with Saginaw Boswell.


Football: Denton’s Hearvey makes all-state first team

In their 2013 finale against Trophy Club Nelson, the Denton Broncos lost 28-21, but it was a late fourth-down conversion for a touchdown by wide receiver Key’andre Hearvey that breathed life into a comeback that fell just short.

Boys basketball: Broncos find shooting rhythm in victory

The Denton Broncos worked on their physics lessons Friday, channeling Newton’s third law of motion. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Basketball roundup: Ryan, Liberty prevail at Sanger tourney

SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.

Volleyball: Hill, Keenan named district MVPs

Emily Hill had several goals entering her junior season at Guyer, and the outside hitter nailed one of them by finishing the regular season as the kills leader among Class 6A players in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Boys basketball: Stevenson helps Denton top Wyatt

Denton’s Curtis Stevenson didn’t have the game he would have liked to have in the Broncos’ 70-59 loss to crosstown rival Ryan last Tuesday, so he texted his coach Harold Jackson to talk it over.

Girls basketball: Lady Indians hit clutch free throws in holding off Denton

With Denton scratching its way back to within 54-51 against Sanger, the Lady Indians wanted to get back to the aggressive ways that built them a seven-point third-quarter lead.

Boys basketball: Ryan defense sparks 11-0 run to cap win over Broncos

Trailing Ryan 18-9 after the first quarter, the Denton Broncos clawed back to tie Tuesday’s game at 59 with less than 90 seconds remaining.

Girls basketball: Lady Raiders rally past Denton

Coach Monesha Allen prepared her team for a 32-minute barn burner against crosstown rival Denton. With Ryan trailing by eight points early in the fourth quarter, the Lady Raiders knew there was still time for a comeback.

Football: Bearcats blast Broncos

JUSTIN — Brick by brick the Denton Broncos built their program up after several consecutive losing seasons while their opening-round playoff win against Birdville gave them their first playoff win since 2002, but on Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium in the Class 5A Division I Region I area round, the Broncos ran into an offensive buzz saw in the reigning Class 4A Division II state champion Aledo Bearcats.

Football: Broncos looking for shootout with Aledo

After earning its first playoff win since 2002 with a bi-district victory over Birdville, the Denton football program is riding high, but with a state power next on the docket, the Broncos aren’t basking in their recent success.

Girls basketball: Denton gets Colonized

Through the first handful of games this season, the Denton Lady Broncos have been searching for consistency throughout their lineup.

Football: Broncos beat Birdville

JUSTIN — Amassing a two-possession lead by halftime and holding the Class 5A leading rusher Isaiah Duarte to just 72 yards in the first half, the Denton Broncos had their lead, but the Birdville Hawks weren’t going to go quietly. Duarte finished with 212 yards and four touchdowns with the Hawks scoring 19 fourth-quarter points to set up one final drive, but on fourth-and-10 at midfield with less than a minute remaining, defensive lineman Adam Bershell’s outside rush helped him come up with his third sack of the game to allow Denton to secure the 40-33 victory for the Class 5A bi-district championship at Northwest ISD Stadium on Friday.

Football: Birdville back is Broncos’ first playoff test

The Denton Broncos’ fast start to the season, their win over Saginaw Boswell in the final seconds and their first playoff berth since 2010 highlight their season so far, but tonight against Birdville, all of those peaks climbed are merely hills compared with the task ahead.

Signings: Argyle’s Keenan officially a Red Raider

ARGYLE – As Argyle volleyball coach Clark Oberle stood up to introduce Katy Keenan during a signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, he reminisced with the crowd about his star player’s first college offer, which he said came from Baylor the summer before Keenan’s freshman year.

Girls basketball: Lady Broncos ignite for win

The Denton Lady Broncos opened their season Monday at home against Keller Central, motivating themselves with the theme “set yourself on fire.”

Football: Ten area teams still alive

The UIL and TAPPS playoffs get underway this week, and the Denton area will be well represented with 10 teams securing berths in the battle for state titles.

Football: Coyotes top Broncos in battle for momentum

Despite the absence of importance in their final game of the regular season, the Denton Broncos came into Friday’s contest against Wichita Falls with the hope that it would serve as a dress rehearsal for next week’s playoff game against Birdville. However, the Coyotes also had designs on entering the playoffs on a high note as they shot out to a 28-0 lead on the way to a 49-14 blowout at Bronco Field.

Football: Broncos look to hit high note

With it looking as if Denton would need to win its final two games to secure its first playoff berth since 2010, the magnitude of last Friday’s game at Saginaw saw an unexpected change in importance and emotion.

Volleyball: Lady Falcons rally

ARGYLE — Denton looked to be headed in the right direction, taking a two-set lead over Lake Dallas in a Class 5A bi-district playoff match Tuesday, but an injury to one of the Lady Broncos’ top hitters shook their confidence and sent the Argyle gym into silence. The Lady Falcons refocused, seized the momentum, fought through a closely contested third set and rode it to three straight set wins for a 10-25, 23-25, 30-28, 25-22, 15-10 victory to advance to the area round.

Football: Denton prevails, clinches playoff berth

SAGINAW — Heading into Friday’s road tilt against Saginaw, the Denton Broncos were reeling from two consecutive losses and searching for improved defense after surrendering 77 combined points against Wichita Falls Rider and Azle.

Football: Broncos need wins to make playoffs

Jetting out to a 6-0 start, the Denton Broncos were riding high. Now, after two consecutive losses that have tested their trust and belief, they are faced with needing to win their remaining games to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.